It's time to dust off those video cameras, folks. Mars One is hiring.
Here's a harsh reality check to those of us who dream of zipping between worlds at faster-than-light speeds. Scenario: you're visiting your dear old grandmother on the planet GJ1214b, 40 light years from Earth. Result: she'd be "gamma ray and high energy particle blasted into oblivion" when you arrived.
It's about time that we humans get off our butts and start exploring (and colonizing) our solar system in person. The only thing that's really holding us back is access to a fast and/or efficient way of getting where we want to go, but there are a bunch of new technologies in the works that could take us to Mars and beyond, and many of them may realize themselves within the next few decades. Earlier today, Russia announced that they'll be hosting international talks with the US, China, France, Germany and Japan on how to develop (and eventually construct) a nuclear-powered interplanetary spaceship. Nuclear engines are certainly promising, and achievable with current or near-term technology, but they're not the only way to go. Here's a look at 11 more or less realistic ways of traveling around our solar system.
Two milestones in space tourism were made yesterday: the clean release of the VSS Enterprise, formerly known as the SpaceShipTwo, from its mothership, and for the pilots to fly and land the spaceship back at Mojave Air and Space Port.
Not too long ago Boeing unveiled its plans to develop a commercial space capsule. Turns out the company has a grander scheme in mind: to enter the space tourism business itself. The company will follow a Russian model of taking tourists up alongside astronauts.
It's been buzzed about for years, but Virgin Galactic is now officially selling tickets to space (or, "space," if you prefer). The price is the expected $200,000, which you can get book either through Virgin or an "accredited space agent." Wait, what?
The two Space Shuttle tragedies that killed 14 astronauts are seared into our collective memory, but there are many other scenarios that could befall the U.S. space plane. Amateur effectsmeister The Faking Hoaxer shows us the dark side of space travel, reminding us how dangerous it really is. Creepy stuff.
Those pesky scientists. Now they've gone and ruined our whole Star Trek fantasy, telling us that when the Starship Enterprise is traveling at the speed of light or faster,"hydrogen atoms are unavoidable space mines," probably taking a second or less...
It looks like big changes are coming NASA's way as the Obama administration outlines a new direction for the space agency with its 2010 budget proposal. Interestingly, the White House isn't calling for a dwindling operating budget year after year;...
At the beginning of Avatar, one of the ship's technicians tells the crew that they've been in cryogenic stasis for over five years — the time it takes to get from Earth to Pandora. Makes you wonder how they got...